Monday, September 24, 2018

Come to Me.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ 

I love this verse, but so often find that I don’t necessarily follow it. I mean it sounds amazing. Jesus will give me rest!! But when does He give me rest? When I come to Him! Unfortunately, I have found that it’s not just me who neglects this incredible offer. 

Many times I pray with women who are so heavy laden, are carrying so much, and are beyond exhausted. And they readily admit, like me, that they aren’t running to Jesus with all of their baggage. 

I pulled my Jeep onstage Tuesday at Glow as an illustration of God’s Presence. That beautiful Jeep was a Christmas gift from my husband three years ago. I love it! It’s the best! It was given to me to get to the places I need and want to go. It was given to get me there safely and comfortably. 

I see God’s gift of His Presence in that same way. His Presence is meant to get us through this life. It’s a gift that promises refreshment and rest. Less load and more lightness. He has given us this precious promise of His presence—Jesus made the way already. Already been bought. Already been handed over to you. And the invitation is given not only here! Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (It’s like He knew we would need to be reminded more than once, right?! I’m so glad He understands us like that.)
I know I need it most when I am feeling the heaviness of life. When I am weary. And somehow that seems to be the very time I neglect the gift the most, doubling down on trying to fix my own self. Anyone else feeling me?

Fortunately, there’s a fix for that. He made it plain and He made it available and He made it a free gift. He made it so you could receive the gift anytime, anywhere. In all seasons, in all circumstances. 

What if I let that Jeep just sit in my driveway and walked everywhere instead? Walked to the library, lugging home library books. Walked to the grocery store, stumbling and drooping and sweating under the heavy weight of Publix bags. Walking along the highway pulling my heavy suitcase to Gainesville to go and see my grandson. You would pull up alongside me, say “Hey!! You have a Jeep in your driveway! You have the keys! This is what it’s for! You can unload all those heavy things in the back and get where you need to go!”

And you would be right. 

You would say—“you’re not doing it right!!”

If we are weary and heavy laden and not getting rest, we’re not doing it right. We will get heavy. We will carry heavy things. There is no shame or embarrassment there. This is life, and we all know life gets heavy. But there is a place to unload those. There is a place to catch our breath. There is a place to get rest. It’s His Presence. 

Don’t let it sit in your driveway. Don’t let it gather cobwebs from no use. Don’t take on more and more and more and more and never use the gift He has so graciously given to you, to me. 

Get in that vehicle of His Presence today. Just take a deep breath. Say thank you that I have this special place to come where it’s just me and You, Jesus. Here’s my heaviness. Here’s the burdens I’ve been carrying. I receive the rest that You promised me. 

Ahhhhh there it is. Don’t believe me? Just get in and see for yourself.